It’s been over 2 weeks since the Milan Design Week 2016. We weren’t there but we kept our ears pealed to the ground. One of the notable highlights was the impressive pop up restaurant designed by Tom Dixon in collaboration with leading quartz manufacturer, Caesarstone.
The interactive installation called “The Restaurant” was based at the Milan Children’s Museum (MUBA) in the historical Rotonda della Besana in Milan. It was made of four conceptual kitchens. With inspiration from the four elements – Earth, Air, Water and Fire, each kitchen creates a multi-sensory experience for guests.
The British designer, Tom Dixon designed each dining area to feature colours and materials based on each element whilst showcasing Caesarstone’s designs. Tom’s product design also features albeit with secondary prominence. We definitely have a soft spot for his lighting ranges. They are so exquisite.
“In Milan this year, we wanted to collaborate with Caesarstone to inspire architects and designers through a radical interpretation of how food and surfaces can interact in different ways, delivering a food experience that challenges all the senses in an exercise of materiality, luminosity and texture. Reflecting on the four medieval elements, we have created totally distinctive smells, tastes and visual experiences within each room.” Tom Dixon.
Image credit: www.tomdixon.net
Many creative designers have a knack for exploring elements of their environments to motivate and inspire them in their creative journey. The brand we’re featuring today takes you right into nature with their exquisite lamp collection.
For their very first collection, Temple and Ivy were inspired by the flamboyance and beauty of birds they encountered on their African travels in Kenya and Zimbabwe. They are also captivated by the Georgian era which was heavily characterised by the use of feet in furniture design.
Shella Lamp, Inspired by the African Jacana with a handmade feather shade
Shangra Lamp, Inspired by the flamingo with black & white silk shade
Using modern materials and traditional sculpture, these lamps are beautifully handcrafted in the UK and come in a variety of finishes ranging from copper, bronze to gold leaf. For lovers of texture, some are also adorned with feathers, beads and other interesting materials like this beautiful Multa lamp (pictured below).
Multa Lamp Inspired by the flamingo in a multicolour shade
Kambu Lamp, Inspired by the African Jacana with red dual feather shade
Whether it’s a traditional or contemporary style room you’re decorating, these lamps are delightfully perfect for adding character and a unique sense of style. Certainly perfect for a Moody Monday interior!
If you’re looking to see more of these exquisite lamps, visit http://www.templeandivy.com/
Images were reproduced with their permission.
Going through some of our favourite inspirational designs, we came across one simple yet lovely idea: using clear or tinted glass bottles as pendant lights.
These lighting solutions can work perfectly in commercial interiors, as well as residential ones. One of our favourite examples is this installation consisting of iron chain, chrome pendant holders and clear glass bulbs of varying shapes and sizes, which creates a rough industrial look:
An even more playful styling involves a light fixture composed of pendant lights hung at different heights. Two of our favourite examples are:
In a more extravagant and luxurious note, these brightly coloured light installations comprised of multiple glass bottles look both contemporary and stylish, and can work in both residential and commercial interiors:
Yet another creative approach would be using actual bottles, which can be a particularly nice touch in a pub or club setting. Here is one clever example that we liked:
Pictures courtesy of: blucarrot and design-milk